Force Protection Message

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On July 16, 2015 the US Military was the target of an active shooter attack. An armed individual opened fire on a Naval recruiting station, and later at a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This incident is another example of our adversary’s intent to attack us inside the United States. Both of these facilities were easily identifiable as military facilities, but there were no indications or warnings that they were potential targets. Our adversaries will continue to look for targets of opportunity and it is highly unlikely that we will have any prior warning to a terrorist attack.

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A dynamic, viable threat exists, and because it does, we must all continue to be vigilant, aware of our surroundings, and prepared to act. There are many simple steps that you can take to protect yourself and your family. In fact, they are the same personal OPSEC practices that you have all been trained on many times. Our adversaries can only specifically target you as a military member if they can identify you as one, and that identification typically happens through the off-base wear of uniforms and/or military affiliations on social media.

All members are strongly encouraged to implement the following steps to reduce possible identification and targeting by an adversary:

  • Reduce or eliminate your military footprint on social media (think of anything that can identify you as a military member: photos in uniform, workplace affiliations, etc.)
  • Reduce your military profile when off base and during your travels; avoid wearing your uniform off base when not needed (be cautious when dining in areas frequented by military and consider alternate options which may provide more security)
  • Reduce military-related signage on your vehicles, homes, clothes, etc.
  • Guard information about yourself and family; be cautious of cold call solicitations, inquiries, etc.
  • Maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times; especially in public and at large gatherings
  • Be prepared for the unexpected; have a plan; account for your family members, have a way out

Share this information with your family members.Report suspicious activity: DO NOT assume someone else will call. If on-base, call the BDOC, 245-4530, if off-base, dial 911.

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